Medical Internship & Residency Programs

Medical Internship (PGY-1)

Five positions are available each year for combined PGY-1 medical internship and PGY-2 neurology residency. The PGY-1 year falls under the UTHSC Department of Internal Medicine and is guaranteed to those candidates that match with our Neurology Residency Program. The PGY-1 position offers 8 months of training in Internal Medicine, 1 month in the Emergency Room, 1 month in the Intensive Care Unit, 2 months of elective. These fulfill the current minimum requirements for admission to an accredited Neurology Residency training program.

First Year of Residency (PGY-2)

The purpose of the first year is to provide Residents with broad patient exposure and comprehensive training in the basics of clinical neurology. These include data gathering, case formulation, diagnosis and management of both inpatients and outpatients. To achieve this goal, Residents spend most of their time caring for inpatients on the Neurology Services of the Methodist University Hospital, the Regional Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). In addition, they attend two afternoon outpatient continuity clinics at the Regional Medical Center and the VAMC. One month is devoted to Neurophysiology (EEG) so that residents become familiar with the epilepsy classification, interpretation of common EEGs, the diagnosis of status epilepticus and brain death, the indications and usefulness of EEG video monitoring and epilepsy surgery. One month is spent in Neuroradiology where residents learn how to interpret CT, MRI, cerebral angiograms, myelograms, and plain spine x-ray studies. Two months are spent on Night Float in which residents cover the wards, consults, ER and ICU from 5 PM to 7 AM during the week. When not on Night Float, residents take night and weekend call on average of once per month throughout their residency training. Hence, our residents are very well rested.

Second and Third Years of Residency (PGY-3 AND PGY-4)

During their second year, residents refine the skills and consolidate the knowledge gained during their first year of residency. They assume new responsibilities by rotating through the Neurology Consultation Services (including emergency room coverage) of the Methodist University Hospital, Regional Medical Center and the VAMC. The Resident's intellectual growth and maturity are strengthened by handling cases of increasing diagnostic and therapeutic complexity while working closely with a Staff Neurologist. The Residents further expand their clinical experience by rotating through Pediatric Neurology (three months), Neuropathology (one month), Psychiatry (one month) and Neuro-Rehabilitation (one month). They take one month of Night Float in the second year. Residents also begin to serve in a teaching and leadership capacity as ward chief at the Regional Medical Center. The ward chiefs are freed of writing orders, patient notes and other daily duties that are the responsibility of the junior Residents and medical students. Instead, they supervise patient care, actively participate in the teaching of first year Residents and medical students, and work closely with Staff. The senior Residents help in the planning, structure and scheduling of teaching conferences and the educational program for students, Residents and faculty. During the second and third year, residents have approximately 6 months of elective time to pursue specific subspecialty and research interests. Subspecialty electives are available for Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuromuscular/EMG, EEG/Evoked Potentials, Sleep Disorders, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Pediatric Neuro-oncology, and Geriatric Neurology. Night call occurs once per month on average throughout the three years of training.

Thus, during the three years of training, each resident spends approximately 10 months on the ward (junior resident), six months on consultations, six months as ward chief, and fourteen months on subspecialty rotations and electives.

Contact Us

Andrei V. Alexandrov, M.D.
Chairman
Department of Neurology
Semmes-Murphey Professor

Department of Neurology

855 Monroe Ave, Suite 415
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6199
Fax: (901) 448-7440

Paula Odom
Adult Neurology Residency
Training Coordinator

Phone: (901) 448-6661
Fax: (901) 448-7440
E-Mail: podom@uthsc.edu